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Monday, December 6, 2010

Norman Rockwell Museum Archives receives NHPRC Basic Projects Grant!

Norman Rockwell Museum Archives is a recipient of the 2010 National Historical Publications and Records Commission Basic Projects grant. Beginning in October 2010, this two-year basic arrangement and description grant seeks to reorganize the Norman Rockwell archival records to reveal hidden collections that researchers and others cannot discover easily. Previously, Norman Rockwell Museum's archival records were itemized with no connection to a larger archival group structure.

Museum Archivist, Jessika Drmacich, will generate collection level MARC records and finding aids based on the original internal order of each portion of approximately 720 feet of material to create portals of access into the archival holdings. Part of the museum's ProjectNorman initiative, the MARC records and finding aids will be available to the public on the museum's website.

This two-year effort prepares the museum for detailed archival processing and digitization, enabling broader, easier access to the collections and eliminates backlogs.

Since the Norman Rockwell Museum collections had not been arranged and described according to current professional archival standards, this significant body of materials illuminating the life and art of America's most prominent twentieth century illustrator and his contemporaries is not a fully accessible resource.

NHPRC funding supports efforts to adequately describe Norman Rockwell Museum archival holdings in preparation for digitization and in hopes that they achieve higher levels of use amongst scholars, researchers, and American Illustration enthusiasts.

Please follow Jessika (archivistinheels) on this blog, as she tracks her journey discovering and standardizing the hidden collections of the Norman Rockwell Museum Archives.